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'Hairspray' dances its way to BayWay

WHAT "Hairspray," the musical based on the uncharacteristically uplifting John Waters movie, gets another Long Island run and another subtext to keep in mind. Waters, who proudly proclaims most of his films "trashy," put forward a cause in his 1988 movie about a TV sock-hop show in Baltimore whose sponsor was confronted with the terrifying prospect of integration. Besides racial equality, "Hairspray" also takes up the cause of civil rights for the weight-challenged among us. Taking on both causes is plus-sized Tracy Turnblad, played by Great Neck's Nikki Blonsky in the movie musical version. But "Hairspray" also delves into a school issue that has become alarming: bullying. Tracy, this time played by Meg O'Brien, is tormented by her more svelte classmates. Happily, their insults steel her resolve to win a national TV dance contest and win the heart of her dance-partner heartthrob. A message musical from the prince of trash.

WHEN | WHERE Opens Saturday night at 8, also Sunday at 2:30 p.m., through Dec. 18 at BroadHollow's BayWay Arts Center, 265 E. Main St., East Islip. Also, Jan. 14-29, BroadHollow Theater at Elmont, 700 Hempstead Tpke.

INFO $20, $18 seniors and students, $14 children 12 and younger;, 631-581-2700

ART: 'Re-Natured' at University Gallery

WHAT The two-person "Re-Natured" exhibit juxtaposes contrasting styles of art inspired by nature. Cui Fei, born and raised in China, creates installations using such common natural material as sand and thorns arranged in a way that suggests calligraphy. Roy Nicholson, a Long Island University professor emeritus born and raised in Great Britain, is a colorist whose paintings reflect his strong interest in nature -- especially as seen in an English garden.

WHEN | WHERE Through Dec. 17, University Art Gallery, Staller Center, Stony Brook University. Gallery hours: noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 7 to 9 p.m. Saturdays

INFO Free; staller, 631-632-7240

MUSIC: Repeal of Prohibtion concert and more

Celebrate the Repeal of Prohibition -- 78 years later -- with the South Shore Syncopators in historic Vail-Leavitt Music Hall. You'll hear "Happy Days Are Here Again" and tunes from the 1920s and '30s in a concert that re-creates the big-band sound of vintage radio. Meanwhile, "Remembering Mel," a tribute to Mel Tormé performed by Warren Schein and his trio, takes you back to the '40s and '50s. Count on hearing Mel's greatest hit, "The Christmas Song."

INFO Repeal of Prohibition: 3 p.m. Sunday, Vail-Leavitt Music Hall, Riverhead; $20-$25, 516-795-7745. "Remembering Mel": Tomorrow night at 8, Fortunoff Theatre, Monroe Hall, Hofstra University, Hempstead; $17-$19,, 516-463-6644

WHAT Piano virtuoso Jeffrey Biegel of Lynbrook plays selections from his new "A Steinway Christmas Album" and much more at Cinema Arts Centre. Performing on a Steinway Model B Grand, Biegel will play his own transcription of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons," Gershwin's original 1924 version of "Rhapsody in Blue" (restoring 88 measures dropped in subsequent transcriptions), plus Chopin's Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Bach's French Suite No. 5 in G Major.

WHEN | WHERE 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington

INFO $25; cinemaartscentre .org, 631-423-7611, or 800-838-3006

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